Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: There are serious power steering concerns for the Traverse. Data shows that owners are having a difficult time with their power steering quitting, particularly at low speeds.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,561 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse engine problems

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2010 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #60

Jul 102016


  • 55,000 miles


Car stopped functioning in middle of highway with no warning. Was very dangerous situation with 2 small children in the vehicle. No steering, no power brakes and no engine. Traverse was purchased new in Aug 2010 and has approx. 55,000 miles. Needs new engine. Had chain issues in Jan 2015.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #59

May 132016


  • 94,700 miles
The timing chain has stretched and the dealer says it will take 19 hours to change it. Auto mfg went to timing chains from rubber belts, so they don't have to change it. The warranty is for 5 yrs or 100,000 miles. This is a known issue and the warranty for this expensive job should be extended. Once the chain brakes, the car is done. The car makes noise and doesn't accelerate properly because of this issue. First noticed the check engine light on about 6 months or so ago. It wasn't until we broke down in Canada that the dealer there said it was the timing chain when they replaced the throttle body.

- Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

problem #58

Apr 012016


  • 84,000 miles
At 84000 miles the emissions light came on yet nothing was a red flag while driving. No noises or anything seemed different. Had diagnostics completed and timing chain was stretched and needed replaced. Codes P0008, P0009, P0017 appeared. Cost $2500. Our warranty was up at 83000 miles. Seems this is a common problem yet the dealership never mentioned any of this during the sale. GM should have a recall on this!!

- Blue Earth, MN, USA

problem #57

Apr 172015


  • miles


Apr.2015: Vehicle constantly stalled, engine light on at less than 60K. Oct. 2015: Had to replace the starter twice and repair the fly wheel. Repair costs=$2,000. Engine light still on. Timing chain problems, additional $2600 est. Costs. Vehicle needs inspection and will not pass with codes P0018-0007 stored. Not fair that we should have to incure these costs. GM should cover this under their "special policy" for known issues with this. Current vehicle mileage 80K. Car is not safe to drive. Engine could fail at any time.

- Putnam Valley, NY, USA

problem #56

Apr 212016


  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle keeps pulling code P0008. Gets sluggish after engine light comes on. Seems there was a recall for the 2009 models that were having the same issues.

- Central City, PA, USA

problem #55

Mar 302016


  • 105,600 miles
Major headaches with my 2010 chev Traverse with so many issues including recalls and the timing chain being replaced/repaired recently. And now, the engine needs a new or rebuilt engine. Unfortunately I'm beyond my warranty of 5 years / 100,000 miles. Cost with labor to replace the engine is about $7,000 +. it's not worth it and I still owe $4,800 on the loan. The dealer stated the timing chain issue was not related to the failed engine, but I'm not sure. I'm just frustrated with the Traverse.

- Florence, NJ, USA

problem #54

Mar 142016


  • 148,000 miles


At approximately 90,000 miles the check engine light came on and after it was evaluated at the Chevrolet dealership I was notified the timing chain went out and I had a gmpp extended warranty and the Chevrolet dealership repaired the timing chain. 6,000 miles later the check engine light appeared by flashing repeatedly and the engine seized and the dealership investigated and stated the catalytic converter disintegrated and pieces of the catalytic converter was sucked into the engine. They stated the engine had to be replaced. They claimed to contact GM and GM said they were aware of the issue but it was not considered a recall. GM offered to pay for $8,000 of the $10,000 total engine replacement. I was only offered a 12,000 mile warranty for the new engine. Now with 50,000 miles on the new engine the timing chain has gone out once again. I do not believe the issue with timing chains was resolved in 2010 with the new ECM; this issue continues as noted and seen with several complaints on this site.

- Park Forest, IL, USA

problem #53

Mar 082016


  • 106,000 miles
The stability/track light turned on while driving home from a meeting. The airbag service light goes on and off too.

- Jacobus, PA, USA

problem #52

Jan 152015


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the engine while idling. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to a Chevrolet dealer where it was diagnosed that the timing chain was defective and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 67,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #51

Feb 082016


  • 99,000 miles
While driving our vehicle some sensors starting to go off and we started losing power to the vehicle which in turn caused a huge and very dangerous situation. The Traverse we were driving showed a traction control, service stabilitrak signal. It began to lose power and slow down. If we were in the middle of the highway we would have wrecked, luckily we were not. I have noticed that this has been an issue on many other Traverse's as well as many other vehicles within the Chevrolet lineup, yet there is still no recall. I am not sure what needs to be done or if someone really needs to hurt before a recall is made, but someone need to make the right call before anyone gets hurt with this issue. I have contacted Chevrolet and they said it is a know issue but there is no recall for it, what needs to be done to make this recall happen, does someone need to seriously get hurt" it also appears that there are no fixes for this issue and it is just costing owners, more and more money to get repairs they don't really need. Where do I go from here"

- New Hudson, MI, USA

problem #50

Feb 012016


  • 61,000 miles


I purchased a 2010 Traverse from molle Chevy in blue springs 3 years ago. We have 61,000 miles and were sent letters to go have more recalls and "special adjustments" done. (Chevy's way of more recalls without calling them that) besides many other codes, this weeks P0008 code is a known timing chain issue. Since we took it in and it wasn't one of the special adjustments, they made us pay for the $90 diagnostic, wouldn't give me the car until I paid. Offered for "us" to pay and fix the problem and they would split the cost with us, went from $2,700 to $863, what a deal! it is a known defect! why should we pay a $1, we already paid for the vehicle"?? after holding are car hostage for the $90 and offering for us to pay for GM's fix, we have decided to check all reacall's and buy used with the least amount. I really hope the people get a dose of what they give in life. They have these people trained to sell a line of crap all the way from purchase to end of life on the vehicle. I know they are a necessary evil, but buyers beware, cars are the biggest waste of money, stress, and time. They don't pay for all your time for the recalls, why" buy a cheaper used car and check the recalls before you do. Don't buy new, you don't know what's wrong with them yet. No one looks cool in an costly car with a ton of issues. Life's to short. I would say don't go to Chevy but they are all similar to a point. Good luck, my Traverse is being sold this week. Sorry to whoever buys it from carmax. Always research!!!!! always buy at least a year old, gives time to find issues, 2 is better.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #49

Aug 062015


  • 71,000 miles
I am writing you this letter to file an official complaint against General Motors regarding my 2010 Chevy Traverse. On August 6th 2015, while driving my car 55mph, the engine seized causing loss of power steering and power breaks. As you can imagine, this put my family in a dangerous situation. Our licensed mechanic told us the reason the engine seized is a 'spun rod barring. we were told that a spun rod barring is a very uncommon mechanical issue and extremely uncommon in a car that is only 5 years old with only 71K miles on it. I called General Motors while the car was being repaired to discuss the problem. They were quite rude and refused to discuss the issue because I did not take my car to a certified GM repair shop. Therefore, I decided to send GM a letter explaining the situation. Attached is a copy of the letter, maintenance records, and photos of the spun rod barring I sent to GM. GM customer service called me on multiple occasions and verbally told me that they would not reimburse me or even look into the issue because I did not take my car to a certified GM repair shop for the repair. I asked customer service multiple times to send me this information in writing and they refused. To refuse standard customer service and avoid taking responsibility for a poorly engineered and manufactured engine simply because I did not take my car to a certified GM repair shop is inexcusable. I hope that you can assist me in receiving reimbursement for replacing the engine in my car and requiring GM to recall the engine. If you need any additional information please let me know. I have more documents than the website allows me to submit.

- Roscoe, IL, USA

problem #48

Jan 112016


  • 63,000 miles
My Traverse just pulled a P0008 and P0017 engine code. After bringing it to the mechanic, I had an oil flush and induction system cleaning. The following day the P0008 code when off again. This is specific for the timing chain and cylinder heads. Apparently there was a recall and warranty extension for 08-09 Chevy Traverses however that has not transferred over to my particular model year. My vehicle is 1 year out of warranty with only 63,000 miles on it. My repairs are to be an estimated $4,000 - $6,300 but am being offered a 50/50 split that I feel is still unacceptable on a vehicle with only 63,000 miles.

- Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

problem #47

Dec 222015


  • 102,130 miles
Engine was running rough; vehicle was sluggish. Check engine light came on. Dealership, burlington Chevrolet, ran a diagnostic and there were some failed codes (P0011 and P008), all related to the camshaft and timing chains. To repair, it would cost about $2,700 since I was six months over the powertrain warranty. They contacted GM and they stated that it would cost me $681 plus tax. I agreed to have the repairs completed which also included replacing the waterpump which was leaking. I have read online that timing chain problems on have occurred more frequently on 2007-2010 Chevy Traverse, Saturn outlook, GMC acadia, and Buick enclave. All of these SUV's have the 3.6 liter V6 engine with dual overhead cams. What is happening on these vehicles is that the timing chains are stretching which leads to correlation errors with the cam sensors and actuators. After 2010, General Motors has seemed to correct the problem with updated chains and ECM calibrations.

- Florence, NJ, USA

problem #46

Dec 132015


  • 75,827 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that the power steering rack and the power steering pump failed and needed to be replaced. The details were not available. In addition, the check engine warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of failure. The failure mileage was 75,827.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #45

Oct 152014


  • 55,000 miles
On the highway doing around 65 mph, alarm chimes went off, display center showed "service stabilitrak", "service traction control", "engine power reduced". the car quickly decelerated to 10 mph and would not go any faster. Had to pull over and shut down. This was only one of the many times this has happened over the past year and a half. It has been in and out of the service center, diagnosed with 4 or 5 different issues, repaired 2 or 3 components all with the same outcome: The engine power reduced issue comes back. The dealer tells me it's a "new issue" every time so at this point I have no faith in their "fixes", I feel that when my wife, kids, or me are in the car I will eventually be in a horrific accident where we all die and hope that at least this message will come out then. GM has been sort of helpful but from my research/dealings with this issue (30+ hours), it seems like something that should have been recalled on several different model GM automobiles. I am at a loss. I haven't fixed the most recent issue ($700, transmission internal mode switch) in hopes that, using my own research/technical expertise, I can find the real issue behind these failures and not just what the "computer error codes" are pointing too. The irony in this "feature" is that, from my understanding, it goes into this engine power reduced mode for safety reasons so that you won't lose control of the car or other problem. Yet reducing the engine power on a busy highway or the pa turnpike where there is nowhere to safely pull over is the most dangerous problem of all. Notes for other consumers: So far the mechanic has flushed the throttle body (cleaned it), and replaced the timing belt. Taking to a different mechanic for a 2nd opinion on the most recent internal mode switch diagnosis.

- Bradford Woods, PA, USA

problem #44

Dec 012015


  • 70,000 miles
I was driving on highway going 70mph. Traction control/stabilitrak off came on dash along with park assist off. I felt the engine lose power and speed dropped to 25mph. I has to swerve and miss several cars from hitting me due to this reduce speed on the highway. Pressed on the peddle to speed up and the engine would not go past 1st gear ( well at least that's what it felt like) I had the car towed home. To afraid to drive. Took it to our shop and nothing was registered on the diagnostic code. Car seems fine now, just afraid to drive. Is there a recall for this?

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #43

Nov 152013


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering system and the engine coils failed and needed to be replaced. The power steering system was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was not available.

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #42

Nov 062015


  • 67,000 miles
I have a 2010 Chevy Traverse with 67,000 miles on it. Check engine light comes on and detects timing chains. Take it to the dealership and $3200 later had new timing chains put on. There is no way with that amount of mileage that this should have to be repaired yet. When is this recall going to take effect!!!! on top of that the warranty expired in March, so no help what so ever..... GM needs to step up.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #41

Oct 232015


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled and the stabilitrac and motor power reduced indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the vehicle was shut off, restarted, and returned to normal for a few miles before the failure recurred. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but it could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Philadelphia, MS, USA

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